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Council awarded for healthy initiatives

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HEALTHY COMMUNITY AWARD: Port Augusta Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) has had a significant impact in the Port Augusta community during their five years of operation, contributing to the Port Augusta City Council awarded winner of the Councils with populations of 15,000 or less category in the 2014 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards. Pictured where OPAL installed fitness equipment for the public along the eastside foreshore were (from left) OPAL project support officer Tenille French, Port Augusta City Council mayor Sam Johnson and OPAL coordinator Carmel Daw.Port Augusta City Council has been awarded the South Australian winner in the 2014 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards, councils with populations of 15,000 or less category.
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The council was recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease and as SA’s winner is eligible to be selected as a national winner.

Heart Foundation SA chief executive officer Doctor Amanda Rischbeth said Port Augusta City Council’s supportive policies, comprehensive planning practices and cultural consultations demonstrated a strong commitment to addressing the specific health needs of their community.

“The Heart Foundation congratulates all those involved,” Dr Rischbeth said.

Highlighted in the nomination were the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) Coastal Path project, the Central Oval redevelopment and encouraging healthy catering in the community.

Port Augusta City Council mayor Sam Johnson said these are only part of council’s involvement in the community.

“Port Augusta City Council has a long term commitment to create a healthy community by supporting a large number of initiatives including OPAL,” Mr Johnson said.

“These not only focus on healthy eating, but encourage emotional wellbeing and physical activity.”

Port Augusta City Council operates many facilities supporting an active lifestyle including the Ryan Mitchell Swim Centre, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Wadlata Outback Centre and the Be Active Community Centre.

A significant factor in winning the award was the achievements of OPAL and the number of initiatives introduced in their five years of operation.

Since OPAL began they have introduced the Coastal Path, healthy catering options for sporting clubs, community groups, pubs and cafes, healthy breakfast campaign, active travel and active play promotions, edible gardening projects, nutrition and home meal education programs for disadvantaged groups, fitness equipment stations installed for the public, water refill stations throughout Port Augusta and the Carlton School Tuckshop project plus much more.

Port Augusta OPAL coordinator Carmel Daw said it is wonderful for council to be recognised for its commitment to improving the lifestyle of its residents.

“We have seen the direct benefits and improvements to people’s lifestyle since OPAL began with the initiatives having long lasting results,” Mrs Daw said.

“The OPAL program appreciated the support of council in the work that we do and we are impressed by just how much council involved itself in the health and wellbeing of its community.”

The national winner will be announced later in 2014.

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News in brief: Listen up, guys

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Listen up, guys
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South Western Sydney Local Health District’s cancer services experts ask men to become aware of screening, treatment and management options of prostate cancer. International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month began on Monday. Radiation oncologist Mark Sidhom said about 150 new prostate cancer patients were treated each year at the Liverpool and Macarthur cancer therapy centres.

Art gives insight

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun opened the Benevolent Society’s annual See Me, Hear Me exhibition at Liverpool Library. Artworks from 22 people living with mental illness provide an insight into their lives. The exhibition features works from each of the artists, including drawings, paintings and poetry. It will run until September 11. Liverpool Library is at 170 George Street.

Cancer funds

West Hoxton’s Guardian Childcare raised $1100 for the Cancer Council at its disco night for Daffodil Day, held last Thursday. As well as the disco, families and children were treated to face-painting, a sausage sizzle, candy buffet, raffle and an ice-cream stall, costing just a gold-coin donation. Staff wore yellow and the centre was decorated accordingly. Proceeds were handed to the Cancer Council last week.

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Ashcroft students get set for job hunts

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Practice makes perfect: Ashcroft High school students running through their mock interviews. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeASHCROFT High School students feel better prepared to face the real world after completing motivation workshops.
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Over the past month, the school has hosted a work-readiness program for students in years 9 and 10 students and mock interview day for year 10.

On Friday year 12 students will take part in the work-readiness program.

Teacher Jaclyn Thompson said the programs were run in co-ordination with the Beacon Foundation.

“Community members gave up time to assist in preparing our students for the real world,” she said.

“This is extremely important with unemployment rates currently sitting very high.

“We would like to thank the generosity of our business guests for giving up their valuable time to assist students in pursuing further education and training later in life.”

Ms Thompson said the students took the workshops seriously.

“In the lead-up students had to prepare a resume and refine their interview skills,” she said.

“When they arrive on the day they arrive in their interview outfit and present themselves to community business members as if they are actually sitting a real interview.

“Students get marked on their presentation, communication skills, ability to respond to interview questions and their resume.”

Year 10 student Logan Kendall said she had helped other students to find topics that they could discuss without being nervous.

“My role was to help and provide my fellow year 10 students with support to complete their resumes,” she said.

“I think that today has helped me with my nerves and also knowing how to portray myself for future interviews.

“Personally, I feel that my own interview went well and the discussion flowed nicely. Overall, I think that we both benefited from the discussion.”

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Officer charged over robbery in Cabramatta

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On the scene: A picture taken from a reader’s phone from the scene at Cabramatta on Monday as police arrest one of the three men in relation to a foiled robbery. Photo: Supplied
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THREE men, including a suspended NSW police officer, have been charged following an attempted robbery in Cabramatta on Monday morning.

The dramatic arrest was part of a targeted operation by the Professional Standards Command and the South West Metropolitan Region.

Acting on a tip-off , armed police and undercover detectives were waiting to catch the suspended police officer.

They had been waiting for some time when three men dressed in tradies’ fluorescent gear approached a woman on John Street just after 10.30am.

In less than 30 seconds, scores of heavily armed tactical police and detectives swooped on the trio in front of Vina Money Transfer.

“They knew they [the officer and the other men] were going to be there, they were waiting,” a police source told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Police said the woman was attacked during the robbery and was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The senior constable, attached to the South West Metropolitan Region, and two other men were arrested.

The men, all aged 29, were charged with armed robbery in company and three counts ofstealing.

They were refused bail and appeared in Liverpool Local Court on Monday.

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Police Briefs: Fairfield and Cabramatta

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Hit and run case
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Police are calling on witnesses of a hit and run in Bonnyrigg Heights on Friday night to come forward. At 10.30pm, a 23-year-old man was standing near his car on Aplin Road when he was hit by a metallic pink car. Police said the car failed to stop and relatives of the man contacted emergency services. The man suffered fractures to both legs and a laceration to his head. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital to undergo surgery, where he remains in a stable condition. Police believe the car may be an early model Ford Falcon sedan.Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Fight at a disco

A man has been charged following a brawl at a hotel in Canley Vale last Friday night. At 11.50pm, a fight broke out between two groups of men at a disco in the hotel on Canley Vale Road. A man allegedly picked up a glass and threw it towards another man. He was then chased into the disco area before being assaulted by a number of men. On Saturday, Cabramatta detectives charged a 27-year-old man with affray and common assault. He will appear in Liverpool Local Court on September 24.

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